Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

“Live With Your Hands Unfolded”


“Fourth-grader Aiden Sykes had a few questions for his dad, Albert.  … he was curious to know what his father’s dreams were for him.

‘My dream is for you to live out your dreams,’ Albert told him.  ‘There’s an old proverb that talks about when children are born, children come out with their fists closed because that’s where they keep all their gifts.  And as you grow, your hands learn to unfold, because you’re learning to release your gifts to the world.

‘And so, for the rest of your life, I wanna see you live with your hands unfolded.’”   (Dad to Son:  ‘Live With Hands Unfolded … Release Your Gifts to World’, StoryCorps non-profit organization, 3.20.15)



“Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”   (Steven Pressfield)



“In truth, the only restrictions on our capacity to astonish ourselves and each other are imposed by our own minds.”   (David Blaine)



“Do not merely think that you are going to become great; think that you are great now.  Do not think that you will begin to act in a great way at some future time; begin now.”   (Wallace D. Wattle, The Science of Being Great)



“… and then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”   (Anais Nin)


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